Veteran Canadian actor Donelly Rhodes passes away at 80

    Actor Donnelly Rhodes, best-known in Canada for his roles in ``Sidestreet'' and ``Da Vinci's Inquest,'' died Monday of cancer. He was 80.
     A news release from the talent agency Northern Exposure says Rhodes died at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C.

     The Winnipeg-born actor received numerous accolades, including a Gemini award for his leading role in the drama ``Da Vinci's Inquest'' in 2002 and a Gemini Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006.

     Rhodes was also recognized by the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame with a star on Granville Street's Star Walk in Vancouver.

     Rhodes, who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before settling into his career as an actor, was also known in the U.S. for his role as the dim-witted escaped con Dutch in the ABC soap opera spoof ``Soap.''

     He studied at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and was a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada in 1963.

     He made his professional debut on stage at Stratford Theatre as Stanley Kowalski in ``Streetcar Named Desire'' before he became a contract player for Universal Pictures in the U.S., where he landed television roles on ``Bonanza,'' ``The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,'' ``Cheers,'' ``Golden Girls'' and ``The Young and the Restless.''

     Rhodes is survived by his wife, Sarah, his daughter and his son.